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Alvin Lee Quotes

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It will be the first time I've played live with a double bass.
- Alvin Lee

I think I'll continue to work as a solo artist.
- Alvin Lee

Anywhere you go in the world is what you make of it,
not what you read in books.
- Alvin Lee

Back in those days we thought we could change the world.
- Alvin Lee

 

The chances of a reunion now are less likely.
I was thinking of having a 40th anniversary of the band,
but now they are really another band,
so it's all a bit weird.
- Alvin Lee

George Harrison was also a pleasure to work with.
He was one of the most famous people I've ever known,
but in spite of that fame, he was such a nice and friendly guy.
- Alvin Lee

Strangely enough, through all those school years I
decided at 13 or 14 I was going to be a musician and
so school was just something to get out of the way,
a waste of time and not to bother with it.
- Alvin Lee

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I think a lot of modern day guitarists start off playing like Eddie van Halen,
and they don't take the time to learn the basics.
- Alvin Lee

He saw us play a few times in fact.
I did this song called I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes,
and Jimi loved it.
He paid me a huge compliment when he told me that he
was thinking of doing something similar himself!
- Alvin Lee

It wasn't until the movie came out that it all changed for us.
Some people say it was the start of Ten Years After,
but in another way, it was the beginning of the end.
- Alvin Lee

I just couldn't take school seriously:
I had this guitar neck with four frets which I kept hidden under the desk.
It had strings on it so I would practice my chord shapes
under the desk and that's about all I did at school.
- Alvin Lee

We used to play the underground clubs like the UFO,
and Middle Earth, and they were great because they
would have on things like a poet,
string quartets, and then a rock band!
It was kinda cool!
- Alvin Lee

It was by listening to Goodman's band,
that I began to notice the guitarist Charlie Christian,
who was one of the first musicians to play solos in a big band set-up.
- Alvin Lee

There is a big age gap between my sisters Janice and
Irma and myself so I didn't know them that well when
I was younger although they have been very supportive in later life.
- Alvin Lee

We also did something called the Texas Peace Festival,
which was actually a better gig both musically,
and in the way it was organised.
- Alvin Lee

They have decided to tour under the name of Ten Years
After which I don't think is very cool.
To be honest, they have had to do that as it's the
only way they can get any work.
- Alvin Lee

I just play to the people I can see.
So it's almost like you are playing to the first few rows of the crowd.
You can see the faces of the first hundred people,
but then it becomes a blur as the crowds disappear over the hill.
- Alvin Lee

So if you see Ten Years After, it's not me anymore.
I'm very happy with what I am doing now.
- Alvin Lee

I went to see John Mayall at the Marquee,
with Peter Green on guitar, and that was a particularly good gig.
- Alvin Lee

I started off playing the clarinet, after I was inspired
by listening to my dad's Benny Goodman records.
- Alvin Lee

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living;
the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
- Mark Twain

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Never stop dreaming your inspired future.
Believing in your dreams is only the first step,
but unless you have a dream that you believe in,
you are leaving your future to random chance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Today, I Do What Is Important To Me, First.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Faith:
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
...
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
- Patrick Overton - from his book of poems: The Leaning Tree, 1975
[Widely mis-attributed to Barbara J. Winter, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others]

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

Self-honor (self-respect) is in no way selfish.
Before I can give to others,
I must have something to give.
Only by first creating
my own self-esteem and happiness,
do I possess the resources to
contribute anything meaningful to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize.
The first is gentleness;
the second is frugality;
the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others.
Be gentle and you can be bold;
be frugal and you can be generous;
avoid putting yourself before others
and you can become a leader among men.
- Lao Tzu

Get the facts first.
You can distort them later.
- Mark Twain

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
- Chinese Proverb

The physician can bury his mistakes,
but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines -
so they should go as far as possible from home
to build their first buildings.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Immortality is a long shot, I admit.
But somebody has to be first.
- Bill Cosby

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you,
then they fight you, then you win.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

One's first love is always perfect
until one meets one's second love.
- Elizabeth Aston

Experience is a hard teacher.
She gives the test first
and the lessons afterwards.
- Anonymous

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

Life is uncertain; always eat dessert first.
- Anonymous

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus


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